One of my very best friends in college is a huge Cleveland sports fan. I worried about him when LeBron James took his talents to South Beach. Again today, I once again have to worry about his sanity.
The biggest news in fantasy football is spreading like lake-effect snow out of Cleveland. It happened late this afternoon when the Cleveland Browns traded their biggest offensive weapon, running back Trent Richardson, to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft pick in 2014.
If you are a Richardson owner, you have to be very excited about this deal. If you have not thought about the impact this will have for Richardson in fantasy football, then consider this:
For all owners of Andrew Luck, this has to make you very happy. Not only does this give you a better option at running back than Ahmad Bradshaw, but this will open up the passing lanes. Teams’ defenses will now have to worry about the Colts’ running game instead of focusing totally on their passing attack.
For all T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne owners, this should also make you very happy. Yes, this may take some plays away from you, but think about the benefits. This will leave the both of the players with one-on-one coverage more often and the increased chance to break plays wide open with the play-action pass. This will increase the 100-yard performances for both men.
As for Richardson owners, well they are crying tears of joy! After two games in which Richardson had very little points or very few chances to get points, this is a dream come true. Richardson is going to a team where he will not be the main focus of the opposing teams’ defense. That means less eight-man boxes and a better chance to have the big gainers.
This may have been one of the worst trades made by a team during an NFL season ever. But for all of the Richardson owners as well as any of the other main weapons of the Colts, this trade gave your team new life. Now that you have this information, I’m off to try and stop my friend from drowning in his sorrows for the rest of the NFL season. Sorry buddy!